Bb Harmonic Minor

B flat Harmonic Minor scale for guitar.
The Bb Harmonic Minor is a seven-note scale. Colored circles mark the tones in the diagram, the darker ones are the root notes. In the two-octave pattern, the first note in the scale is on the 6th string, 6th fret.

Bb Harmonic Minor 2 octaves

Bb Harmonic Minor scale diagram

Bb Harmonic Minor full fretboard

Bb Harmonic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

Bb Harmonic Minor with note names

Bb Harmonic Minor scale with note letters diagram

Shape 1 (5th position) with fingerings

Bb Harmonic Minor scale shape 1 diagram

Shape 2 (7th position) with fingerings

Bb Harmonic Minor scale shape 2 diagram

Shape 3 (10th position) with fingerings

Bb Harmonic Minor scale shape 3 diagram

Shape 4 (12th position) with fingerings

Bb Harmonic Minor scale shape 4 diagram

Shape 5 (3rd position) with fingerings

Bb Harmonic Minor scale shape 5 diagram
Notes: Bb - C - Db - Eb - F - Gb - A Intervals: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 1 Type: Septonic 

The scale displayed with its numeric formula, notes, intervals and scale degrees.

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 Bb Unison Tonic
2 C Major second Supertonic
b3 Db Minor third Mediant
4 Eb Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 F Perfect fifth Dominant
6 Gb Minor sixth Submediant
7 A Major seventhSubtonic

The interval formula (2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 1) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.

Notes (ascending) Interval
Bb-C M2
Bb-Db m3
Bb-Eb P4
Bb-F P5
Bb-Gb m6
Bb-A M7
Notes (descending) Interval
Bb-A m2
Bb-Gb M3
Bb-F P4
Bb-Eb P5
Bb-Db M6
Bb-C m7

Abbreviations are used: M / m stands for major / minor and P stands for perfect.

The main chords that are related to this scale are the following:

Bbm X133211 BbmM7 X13221
Cdim X3454X Cm7b5 X3434X
Dbaug X4322X DbM7#5 X4X565
Ebm X68876 Ebm7 X68676
F 133211 F7 131211
Gb XX2234 Gbmaj7 XX4321
Adim X0121X Adim7 XX7878

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the Bb Harmonic Minor scale in which Bbm is the tonic triad and BbmM7 the tonic 7th chord.
The second and fourth columns include short notations for the chords in the first and third columns respectively. These are based on common ways to play the chord, but there are other alternatives. See more about this notation system on the FAQ page.

The B flat Harmonic Minor scale consists of seven notes. These can be described as intervals, as semi-notes or steps on the guitar fingerboard from the first note to the next octave. Written as semi-notes: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 1. Written as steps: whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole and a half, half.
The Bb Harmonic Minor is one of three Bb Minor scales, the other two are Bb Natural Minor and Bb Melodic Minor.

This minor scale has an exotic sound caused by the whole and a half distance between the sixth and seventh degrees.
This large jump is the main feature to focus on in addition to the parallels with the other two minor scales.

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

Bb Harmonic Minor scale first shape ascending.

Bb Harmonic Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.